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Inspiring Stories from Plano

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Plano and surrounding areas below.

Sarah Garrison

I have been a licensed social worker since 2004. I moved from Washington to Texas in 2009 and have worked in School Social Work and in Mental Health Hospitals. I have worked with adolescents and adults struggling with mental health issues, as well as drug and alcohol issues. I love working with clients to help them identify and accomplish their goals for improved health and wellbeing. In 2014, I decided to pursue my clinical license so that I could go into private practice, and really work in a deeper and more meaningful way with all my clients. Read more>>

Caleb Braddock

After suffering a back injury during high school football Dr. Caleb Braddock was searching for relief. After trying pain meds, PT, and all the traditional approaches for back pain his parents did something they thought they would never do… see a chiropractor. It was not only the incredible relief he experienced but the sensible and straight-forward approach to health that changed Dr. Braddock’s future plans and the rest is history. Read more>>

Eric Kim

I have been in and around small businesses my whole life. One of my earliest memories as a child was playing hide-and-seek in the laundry carts of my father’s dry cleaning business. As a pre-teen, I also remember “going to work” with my father on Christmas Days at his market in order to keep him company. You can say that I have lived through the joys, the successes, the failures and uncertainties of small businesses. And while I stuck with a paycheck after college and graduate school, after 14 years in the corporate world (BofA Securities, Google, Arthur Andersen), I found that I could not shake the entrepreneur in my blood. Read more>>

Jennifer Bradt

The practice originally opened in November of 2008. My family had recently relocated to Frisco from out of state and my youngest had started Kindergarten. I felt a calling to “hang my shingle” and Planting Seeds began as a solo practice. As the first few years passed I knew I wanted to expand into a group practice so began praying about next steps. The perfect people seemed to find their way to me and we slowly became what we are today…a group practice consisting of 8 counselors (some fully-licensed and some interns), a psychologist, a life coach and our office manager. Read more>>

Gwyneth Lloyd

I was a for profit consultant with my own global Executive Search company when my daughter continued with her annual campaign to save the world and specifically to help garbage community children in India. We met a fabulous local contact who had just completed a small school in New Delhi for underserved rag picker children. This was meant to be! We traveled to India, spent a month having the most extraordinary experiences serving both the children and families. Ultimately, I came back to Dallas, sold my company and went back to school at SMU to study Non-Profit Leadership. Read more>>

Cristina Busu

I loved kids for as long as I remember. I attended Constantin Bratescu Pedagogical College in Constanta, Romania, a school that allows high school students to earn a teaching degree for grades 1st -4th. Following high school, I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bucharest University in 2000 with the intention of becoming a school psychologist. Through a very lucky turn of events I learned about, and got admitted into the Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders graduate program at UTD. Read more>>

Lucas Boyd

The BSB brand as it’s known today really starts in the summer of 2011 with the merger of Firewheel Insurance and the Barnett father and son duo, formerly of Alliance Insurance in Dallas. That merger created a new brand, consisting of 5 advisors and 4 service folks at that time and has grown in 6 short years to 25 employees and an annual revenue of 3x what it was when the doors opened. This growth has come from bringing in the right personnel in a way in which hasn’t disturbed our commitment to servicing our clients’ needs. Read more>>

Bob Winston

My start in the carpet business began through a college friend. His family was a wholesale supplier in Georgia and he and I went into business together there in the small Arkansas town we graduated from. In 1982, my wife and I decided to move to Dallas for the booming economy. We had a few family members in Dallas, but other than that we knew no one. I interviewed with a great retail carpet store on Arapaho and got a strictly commission sales job. I worked there for 7 years and learned a lot but saw some things I thought I could do better. Read more>>

John Peel

I am a retired United Methodist pastor of 42 years. My son was working for a roofer in Atlanta, Georgia. This company laid their workers off in the winter to wait for the storms in the spring. He called to say I am coming home. Find us some work to do. We have always enjoyed building things together and worked a lot on mission projects through the churches I served. After six months of retirement I welcomed the opportunity to work with him and get two of my grandchildren a little closer to home. Read more>>

Nick Romanyk

After the Army, I started working for a large consulting firm. I loved consulting; I was able to help people by providing effective efficient solutions. In the late 80’s I was sitting on a plane talking with the man next to me. With much confidence, he stated that the office of the future was office-less, that there was no need for large showy office. After a few more years working for large firms in the consulting business, in 1996 I started Romanyk Consulting. Read more>>

Alyssia Dotson

As a professional stylist for over fifteen years, I have had a passion for the hair and beauty industry for most of my adult life. Using hair as my canvas, I strive to bring a distinctive aesthetic and an innovative approach to draw out each client’s unique beauty. I had the amazing opportunity to study with some of the most respected professionals in the beauty industry, including Toni & Guy, where I also served as Salon Director of one of their flagship salons. Being able to blend innovation with classic designs has allowed me to work alongside some of the top beauty professionals at events such as New York Fashion Week as well as on set of numerous fashion photo shoots. Read more>>

Prit Sen

I was in franchise operations and support for several years and wanted to do something on my own and serve the same space where I had my passion, network, knowledge and contacts. 10 years ago, I teamed up with a good friend who was in the research and analytics space and founded ZeeProbe and we provide guest satisfaction, consumer research, franchise performance analytics and related custom solutions in the franchise and consumer space. Read more>>

Dru Riess

In July 2007, I was informed by a guy that he had a bankrupt printing business that had been around nearly 15 years. The company had lost all of its clients from poor management and corrupt tactics. On Aug 1, 2007, I moved to Dallas to try and rebuild a dead brand and start a new legacy. From 2007 to 2011, I faked it before I made it. I lied (unfortunately), I pretended (unfortunately), but I never did any unethical. I had no choice. I was poor. I had $500 left in my bank account, all my credit cards were maxed out, I was homeless living in the owner’s spare bedroom, and I knew nothing about anything I was trying to build. Read more>>

Angela Branan and Lori Cota

Greenbrook Realty got its start as a sister company to a custom home builder. I (Angela) got my start in real estate in 2004 as a sales agent with a national homebuilder and then switched over to the agent side in 2007 and got my broker’s license in 2009, which was the same year Greenbrook Realty was formed to help the custom builder list and sell its inventory homes. Lori Cota, who was formally a special education teacher, joined the custom building side as a designer but would stage homes on the side. I noticed that every time she would stage something, it looked AMAZING and will sell immediately. Read more>>

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